Peach clafouti

Now that I am back in France, I am cooking a lot for my family. Today I baked these delicious peach clafoutis in individual ramekins for my brother and my sister. It is very quick to prepare but it has to cook for 40 minutes. I love the sweet and soft texture of the clafouti with the fruits.

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 40 minutes
Servings: 3 ramekins
Level: Easy
Cost: Cheap

Equipment: oven dish (like pyrex dish), bowl

Ingredients:
– 2 peaches
– 10g butter + some for the dish
– 30g flour
–  25g sugar
– 1 egg
– 75 mL milk

Optional:
– almond flakes
– vanilla sugar

Preheat oven at 180ºC
Peel and cut the peaches in quarters. Spread butter in the ramekins and spread the peaches; it must cover all the surface (I like it with a lot of fruits!)
Then whisk the egg and sugar. Add the flour, a pinch of salt. Add the melted butted, then the milk. Stir well. The batter is very liquid.
Pour the batter in the ramekins.
You can add some sugar and almonds on top.
Cook in the oven for 40 minutes.
Let cool down a bit before serving.

Notes:
– you can do it a big dish. In that case do 3 or 4 times the proportions. The proportions given here have a lot of fruits and little cream.
– you can do with other fruits. The original clafouti recipe is with cherries but it also works well with apricots or plums.

Apricot clafouti

Apricot clafouti

Apple crumble

After doing this recipe for a dinner with friends, they begged me to post it, so here it is. This is actually a super easy and good recipe, not to heavy after a dinner (there is fruit you know. Well with a little bit of butter…)
This recipe is one of my favourite and a classic: my mother has been making it since I am a child. And as a kid, I loved to prepare the crust (of course, when you mix it with your hands, it is much more fun than with a spoon!)

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Level: Easy
Cost: Cheap

Equipment: oven dish (like pyrex dish), bowl

Ingredients:
– 8 apples
– 100g butter
– 100g flour
– 100g sugar
note: quantities are a bit random and I often add some flour or sugar while making the crust until I get the right texture, and according to how sweet or crispy I want the crust to be. You can also increase or decrease the quantities if you want a thicker or thinner crust.

Peel and cut the apples. Put them directly in the oven dish. You can spread some sugar or cinnamon on top.
Prepare the crust: Pour the flour and sugar in the bowl and add the butter in cubes. With your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour and sugar until you have a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs with no large lumps of butter remaining. Add some sugar or flour if needed.
Then spread the crust on top of the fruits and bake for about 20 minutes in the oven until the crust is crispy and golden. During the cooking, apple cook and caramelize nicely.

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Notes:
– Best way to eat it is warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream
– Apples are often a basis but you can mix fruits: apple and red berries, apple and plums, apple and peach, apple and pear (the one on the photos!), pear and chocolate, etc. Be imaginative! But usually it is better to still put some apple because they don’t get completely liquid when cooked.
– This cake requires a plate and a spoon to be eaten!

Enjoy!

Almond and pear quick cake

The advantage with cakes is that since you put only good things in them, you do not take much risk creating new recipes or improvising on quantities! (Well it depends… My beloved siblings sometimes come up with surprising tastes and mixtures! But it is always worth trying)

Inspired from two of my recipes: Yoghurt cake and Financier, here is the recipe of the cake I made for a friend’s birthday and after exam treat!

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 6-8
Level: Easy
Cost: cheap!
Equipment: bowl, cake tin, oven

Ingredients: (1 measure = 1 volume of yoghurt)
– 1 yoghurt
– about 1/2 measure of honey (or 1 measure sugar)
– 1 1/2 measures of flour
– 100g of ground almonds
– 1/2 measure of melted butter About 100g
– 3 eggs
– 1 sachet baking powder
– 3 pears, peeled, diced

In a bowl, pour the yoghurt and keep the pot to use as a measure. Add the eggs and mix.
Add honey baking powder, almond and flour, mix. Add the butter and pears, mix.
Pour in a cake tin and cook in the oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes (to test whether it is ready, put a knife in the cake: it is ready if the knife remains dry)

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Note: you can decorate the cake with flaked almonds (to spread before cooking)

The mug series 2: Chocolate and tofu!

Continuing my article the mug series, I tried a new version of the chocolate mug cake: no butter, no egg, but tofu! The result is amazing!!!

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Ingredients:
– 30g dark chocolate (I take 70% dark chocolate, so good!)
– a tbsp ground almond
– 30g soft tofu
– a tbsp flour
– a teaspoon baking powder
– a tbsp sugar

Melt chocolate 20 sec in microwave with a bit of water.
Add tofu, mix with a fork. Add the other ingredients, mix.
Microwave for 1min30.
Let cool down 2 minutes before eating!

Notes: quantities are a bit random, the best way to adjust is to try and see how you like it.
Uncooked, it tastes and looks quite bad but cooked, it is amazing! you would never guess it is tofu and not the standard ingredients and you really feel the taste of chocolate! Definitely adopted!

The mug series

Being in exam period, I need some treats. That is why I experimented a series of “mug treats” that you cook in a mug with a microwave. It is good because you can do it in 5 minutes and for 1 person.

(I do not have any photo, because you may already have noticed my poor talent for photography, and in the mug, it is too dark and you can’t see anything!)

The pear and chocolate:

First one I tried. I had a pear, I had chocolate. I just diced the pear, spread chocolate chips, added a tablespoon of ground almond or oat. Mix everything, microwave, let cool down 5 minutes, enjoy!!

Variations: Pear and cinnamon, apple and cinnamon, banana and chocolate

The “light” chocolate mug cake (no butter):

Put 25g of chocolate in your mug, with a little bit of water. Microwave for 20 seconds and mix until homogeneous. Add a (small) tablespoon of yoghurt, 1/2 tbsp of sugar, half a beaten egg (Or whole but then increase the quantity of other ingredients maybe), a tbsp of flour. Microwave for 1min30. Let cool down and enjoy.

NB: add more or less flour for a more or less liquid cake.
In this recipe I put only half an egg, that allow you to make two mug cakes, or one big but it might be too big because even if it is “light”, it is still quite filling!
Do not put too much yoghurt. A small tablespoon is enough. In any case, the key ingredient is chocolate, so don’t be afraid to put a lot of it! Enjoy ^^

Other ideas: I haven’t tried yet but I would like to see what you get when you replace egg and yoghurt by soft tofu and a little bit of baking powder

Otherwise, there is still the classic chocolate mug cake with chocolate, 1 egg, 10 g of butter, flour and baking powder. But this one you can find the recipe everywhere!

The blueberry and yoghurt mug cake:

This one was an epic fail. I put yoghurt in it but probably too much! It looked like a weird soufflé (and tasted quite bad). I’ll try again maybe and release the recipe when it is eatable!

Gâteau au yahourt (yoghurt cake)

Super easy and cheap cake. The recipe is a basic. Then you can be creative and add various flavours! Here I give the recipe with lemon.

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Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Level: Easy
Cost: super cheap!
Equipment: bowl, cake tin, oven

Ingredients: (1 measure = 1 volume of yoghurt)
– 1 yoghurt
– 1 measure of sugar (or 2 according to your taste)
– 3 measures of flour
– 1/2 measure of oil
– 3 eggs
– 1 sachet baking powder
-1 lemon (unwaxed if you want to use zest)

In a bowl, pour the yoghurt and keep the pot to use as a measure. Add the eggs and mix.
Add sugar, baking powder and flour, mix. Add the oil, lemon juice and lemon zest, mix.
Pour in a cake tin and cook in the oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes (to test whether it is ready, put a knife in the cake: it is ready if the knife remains dry)

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Note:
You can replace lemon juice by fruits (pear, apple, ananas, …) or chocolate chip

Note bis: very good recipe for kids because it is very easy, they can do it alone and they love it!
Or for busy student who doesn’t have time and material to do fancy cakes 😉

Note ter: I just made it. I add only two eggs so I put two eggs and 2.5 measures of flour and it is very good, not dry at all! Super breakfast!

Crêpes

Preparation: 10 minutes
Resting: 2 hours to one night
Cooking: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Level: Easy
Cost: cheap

Equipment: large bowl, frying pan, ladle

Ingredients:
– 300 g flour
– 4 eggs
– 600 mL milk
– a tablespoon of rum (dark)
– a tablespoon of sunflower oil + some for the pan (butter can also be used)
– pinch of salt

Prepare the crepe batter (ideally the day before or in the morning for the afternoon)
If you have a mixer, put everything in a bowl and mix until it is completely homogeneous with no lumps.
Otherwise whisk vigorously!
Cover and leave in the fridge.

Cooking the crepes
In a hot oiled pan, pour a ladle of crepe batter. It must be thin! When it is no longer liquid on the top, turn it to cook the other side. While the other side is cooking, you can add the garnish if you want it warm. Then enjoy it immediately while it is still warm!